Comfort

LED Lights and Wallbeds

Many of our wallbeds are used primarily as guest beds. I am sure this comes as no surprise! This blog is about completing the comfort for your friends and family.

For some reason, when I take a break or go on vacation, I tend to read more.  I’m not sure why that is, but I know I am not alone. There is something special about choosing the right book for a getaway.

Vertical Wallbed with LED Reading Lights

Vertical Wallbed with LED Reading Lights

Many times while visiting, sleep schedules between hosts and guests don’t match. Their bedtime may be earlier than yours, and you don’t want to linger in the living room by yourself. Your generous hosts have installed a lovely wallbed and picked a comfy mattress so you can relax while visiting them. Time to head to your home-away-from-home and crawl under the covers. This is the best time to read!

Your thoughtful host has made sure you can do this comfortably by adding one special detail: LED Lights.  They offer the right amount of warm light to your book, tablet or Kindle and being LEDs, hardly use any power at all.

We use a low voltage system that is very simple and discreet. All the wires are hidden and the power comes from a simple wall outlet.  No need to call an electrician! The wireless switch is attached to the inside wall of the bed cabinet and is on or off with the simple touch of a button.  Should you forget to turn off the lights before closing the bed, LEDs won’t cause a fire!  They stay cool to the touch and are very safe. The other wonderful thing about LEDs is the long lifespan of the diodes! Unlike traditional light bulbs which will burn out at the worst time, LEDs last for tens of thousands of hours!

So grab a book, get comfy and enjoy the world it brings you to!  In the morning, don’t forget to thank your awesome host for their thoughtfulness. Maybe next year they will make coffee the way YOU like it…but for now, life is good!

Now you see it. Now you DON’T!

We are the Great American Wallbed Co. in Bellevue, WA.

For information about LEDs in general, check out this site.

BTW: These lights don’t work in the Horizontal Beds. Sorry about that!

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Isn’t it Cheaper to Use an Air Mattress in a Murphy Wall Bed?

The short and sweet answer to this^ question is: Yes. However, the questions should have been: Why can’t I use an air mattress in a wallbed?

airmattressSeveral times at Costco we were asked about using air mattresses in our wallbeds. In fact, when we had our very first Special Event there, we used air mattresses for our display… for ONE day! We thought it would be a great idea and quickly realized it was not! The “queen sized” mattress was actually a few inches shorter than a proper mattress and shifted in the frame. The vinyl mattress smelled of…vinyl! and the sheets kept slipping off (even though it was a velour one). And then there were the noises!! Every time we raised and lowered the beds, the mattress would burp and squeak and make other totally inappropriate sounds! It was a nightmare!

We understand that many times the questions came from an economical position.  You want to invest in a wallbed, but want to be frugal and smart, especially if it is only for occasional use. In a way, an air mattress is similar to a wallbed: when you are done, you fold it up and tuck it away! But wait! You want an extra bed for the occasional night when YOU might need to sleep there (instead of the doghouse perhaps?). Do YOU want to spend the night squeaking, slipping and sinking (what is that hiss?!?) or do you want a good night’s sleep?

A decent mattress is not very expensive and you can probably find a good one on Craigslist for very little. We like to send people to Mattress Depot because their prices are fair and they don’t sell them like a used car. When you go for the wallbed, take that last step and use a real mattress with it.  Our wallbeds are designed to work with the weight of a mattress so make sure it is on site when we install yours.

Your guests will thank you and you will pat yourself on the back when you end up there one night.  And here is a tip: mark anniversaries and birthdays on new calendars as soon as you get them.

We are The Great American Wallbed Co. in Bellevue, WA. Check here for pricing, dimensions and product info. Thank you!

Image by Wally Torta.

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Can I Keep my Bedding on My Wallbed or Murphy Bed When it is Closed?

First:  let’s cover the mattress, (pun intended.) The mattress on a Murphy Bed is held in place with a strap, so that when closing, the mattress stays in place.  We have found that you do not need the strap around the mattress while sleeping on it; your bodyweight, in addition to the weight, of the mattress will pretty much insure that it is not going anywhere.  Wink, wink! Nudge, nudge!

On a Wallbed unit (read about the difference in Blog # 1) the hardware that you swing down, to be used as legs, is also used to keep the mattress in place, when you swing it up, before you close the unit.  No strap is needed on this Wallbed.

Second:   bottom sheet, flat sheet, blankets, and certain comforters can all stay on the Wall Bed/Murphy Bed when the unit is in a closed position.  However, the pillow is usually is too puffy for the space between the mattress and the wall, and will most likely NOT close the Wall Bed/Murphy Bed securely.  A comforter up to a certain thickness will work, but all’s relative to the space between the unit and the wall.  It has its limits.

duvetsSo what are some ways of dealing with this creatively?

I belong to the fortunate ones who have a tall and wide wall, and ordered extra tall cabinets on either sides of the Murphy Bed so I could have a top shelf connected, big enough to accommodate pillows and winter comforters.

For those of you who have a standard 8 foot wall, the best advice I can give is to have (or buy, see our units online) a side unit with doors in which a pillow and comforter can fit inside.  If this is not an option, I would be sure that the bedding I buy would be warm enough for the nighttime needs as well as compact enough for the wallbed unit to close securely.  For example, check when BedVoyage has a Road Show at your nearest Costco, scrape your money together, RUN there and buy these sheets.  We have talked with the owner in person at times when we displayed our Wallbeds and Murphy Beds at the Costco Road Shows and can recommend her products.

There is also a Pacific Coast Down Blanket Satin Trim (pictured to the left). This is nice and warm, but not bulky.  It is also available in Costco in season. Check, of course, also with your local merchants, like Macy’s.

You will be able to find a product to satisfy your particular need.

A point to ponder:  If this were a guest bed that is only used a few times a year, I would not keep bedding on since it could get kinda stuffy and stale in there over time.

If you have any questions, please, call, email, text, or drop by.  We will be happy to help you!  We are The Great American Wallbed Co., in Bellevue, Washington!

Photo courtesy of http://www.PacificPillows.com .

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“Murphy Beds/ Wallbeds vs. Sleeper Sofa” or “Comfort vs. Misery”

I visited my family in Washington D.C. during this week’s East-Coast heat-wave, (July 2013). I can personally attest to several down sides of having to resort to a foldout sleeper sofa I would have MUCH preferred the instant comfort of a pull-down Murphy Wallbed.

sleeper sofa failWater from the overworked air conditioner poured through the plastered ceiling in the quaint, old brown-stone three-level home. The unit decided to quit as the temperature peaked well past perspiration glow – we were in full-blown dripping sweat mode!  The upstairs bedrooms were sweltering. We needed to change sleeping quarters. This meant resorting to the hide-a bed sleeper sofa in the daylight-basement. Since the mattress is only a miserly 2-inch pad, the metal frame  support underneath creates ongoing misery for the average-size adult who tries sleeping both lengthwise, diagonally, and even crosswise. Sound sleep is hard, (ooh, ohhh, oww!) and nearly impossible to achieve. (Hint: A better solution would be sleeping on the floor on top of the cushions.)

On the other hand, a Murphy Wallbed has up to a 12 inch mattress, of your own choosing! No cushions to stack on the floor and re-position in the morning; no metal bar pressing into your spine or lower back or legs; and no need for tossing, turning, or ending up crosswise; or, for that matter, cross!

Once you wake up from a comfortable night’s sleep, simply get up, and close the wallbed with one finger- instantly creating an ordered environment.  If you have the additional feature of a fold-out table on the front of your Platform Wallbed, you can set up your home-office while the coffee is brewing.  Voila! (French for ta-dah!) It’s gonna be a gooood day!

Visit us at The Great American Wallbed Co. for more info or give us a call 866-284-4994 for more information.

(Awesome Pros and Cons of Sleeper Sofas article HERE.  The comments are priceless!!)

Image thanks to cheezburger.com.

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Which Mattress is Best for My Wallbed or Murphy Bed? Do I Need Box Springs?

Good news for those who worry about what kind of mattress they can put on their Wall bed/Murphy Bed: you may use any mattress that you deem comfortable as long as it is within the bounds of the Wallbed manufacturer’s measurements.

And NO, you will not need box springs.  All the comfort is now in the top mattress!

Know this:

mattresses

  • the frame of a standard wall bed takes a standard size mattress.  (Queen, Full, Twin)
  • The thickness of the mattress is dictated by the depth of your wallbed, which in turn is dictated by the height of the legs!.  Ours are in the middle and can handle 12”
    thick mattresses in the wallbeds and 11” in Library beds.
  • Once that’s established, it’s time to head for the Mattress Store.

Since it may be some time ago you bought a mattress, you’d be pleasantly surprised at the various types available today.  Here’s a blog that gives you good information, both about mattress types as well as some helpful hints about achieving a good night’s sleep: Mattress Depot USA.  We have sent untold number of customers to Mattress Depot, by the way; their salespeople are familiar with a Wall bed/Murphy bed customer’s need.  Furthermore, they are excellent to do business with! (Our shop is just down the street from the Overlake store.)

Since we were often displaying our Wall Bed /Murphy Bed units next to the mattress aisle at Costco we of course checked out their wares.  They have a good selection that is always favorably priced.  Usually there is no trained salesperson for these mattresses, so you are left to your own hopes and guesses about which one to choose.   Read comments from customers. Educate yourself!

Do you intend to use a Memory Foam type mattress on your Wall bed frame?  If you use the bed nightly, or at least often, Memory Foam is ok.  If it is for occasional guest, and the mattress is resting on its head for months at a time, memory foam mattresses may slump a bit. The wallbed may need to be opened up for a while before the guest goes to sleep.

There are SO many choices and that is why we do not sell our beds with a mattress.  And one more tip: the thickness refers to the OVERALL thickness, including the puffy pillowtop.  Please measure to the thickest point and not just between the stitched welts on the sides.

Sweet Dreams from The Great American Wallbed Co.

Image courtesy of: Mattress Vancouver. Their mattress blogs are rather amusing!

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